Vermilion - Alexandria

4.7
3539 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Vermilion’s commitment to instinctively seasonal American cooking and graciousness of hospitality in the heart of Alexandria allows guests to experience Chef Thomas Cardarelli’s food without pretension. The warmth of its embrace serves as an ideal location for a casual gathering of friends, or a well deserved night out. Chef’s menu is complimented by a distinctive wine list, as well as local beer and spirits that all shed a light on the best that the Commonwealth has to offer.
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Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Recommend to a friend? Yes, typically meals are flawless and terrific. But beware: downstairs can be loud; food quality has been inconsistent from excellent melon soup to tasteless catfish; and service may be spotty. Our waiter served us warm Chardonnay and flat sparkling wine; he took both back to the bar and provided cool wine and wine with fizz, but what's up with that?

KF
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food was, as always, excellent. But our server was very abrupt - not quite rude but close. Did only the bare minimum, acted rushed and we felt rushed. I would have complained to the manager, but I had guests and didn't want to make a "scene".

RE recommend: If there was a chance of having that same server, not sure I would return....

e
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time here. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. We will be back.

n
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Servers were great, they let us chat. The menu is yummy. Great cocktails.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Brunch was excellent. Just the right sized portions of well crafted food. The tagliatelle was delicious as well as the hush puppies. The yogurt parfait was small but delightful. Quite a noisy and energetic brunch crowd. Service was a bit slow, especially when waiting for the check and getting the first drink to the table. Overall though, great experience!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Loved everything about the experiences!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Skyler was very nice and descriptive of the wines that went with my tasting menu.

JD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening - food was delicious and drinks were perfect.

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the vegetarian tasting menu: it was delicious !!!! Also the cocktails with the mezcal was very good. Definitely recommended!!!

SZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unpleasant restaurant smell, food was too salty, Prosecco was not carbonated it means bottle was old.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

With Vermillion you always know what you’re going to get and that’s why my wife and I keep coming back. The food combinations and preparation is always ‘on point’, the wait staff are knowledgeable and always courteous and the place has a great feel about it.

CT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for Restaurant Week. The food was awesome, cocktails creative and our server delightful! Will definitely come back!

d
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wine list is why I did not give 5 stars.

L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

food was tasty. i couldnt tell if the service was slow or if they give you time to enjoy your meal and chat during courses

j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were wonderful as always. The extra mile they went for our anniversary was very much appreciated as well.

r
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Decent location. Ambience was nice. A little noisy.

JW
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I continue to favor Vermillion as one of the best restaurants in Old Town.
Additionally it is such a fun summer stroll, going along King Street, with many sidewalk sales and fun boutiques and bars....

P
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service very good as is tasting menu.
Dishes very creative.

N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Vermilion for our anniversary. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairing and loved it. My husband had the omnivore version and I had the vegetarian version. We were both very happy!! I love that they have a vegetarian option for the tasting menu and that they change the menu according to the season. The staff was so helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. They gave us complimentary rosé cava to start our meal and gave us a card as we were leaving. We definitely will be back.

DC
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of greatly enjoyed our meals, especially dessert! I highly recommend Vermillion for any occasion, whether special or a simple night out.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for joining us! We're glad all were pleased with food. Thanks for the recommend!

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious here...from the salads, French fries, burger, steak to gnocchi and all the desserts (I have only done lunches here so far). Atmosphere is lovely and relaxed. Service is excellent, non intrusive and thoughtful. Our group of 4 was treated to glasses of sparkling rose in celebration of our guest who just retired. One of our group (who had gotten a ride) left her keys on or near our table apparently. She didn’t realize it until at 9:00pm someone from the restaurant called to ask if anyone in our group had lost keys. We zoomed back over to retrieve them. I so appreciated the staff for taking the time to do the detective work on top of serving their evening clients. This restaurant makes everyone feel special and cared for on top of serving great food. A good role model for other places.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Carol, thank you so much for the kind words. We try our best to make everyone who comes in feel well-taken care of. Thank you for taking the time to tell us that you felt that way. We will love to have you back.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very, very tasty. Drinks were spot on. Service was clean and well timed. Seemed as if she cared about what she did as a profession and I highly respect that attitude. The head chef was out for the day and the sous was in charge yet everything was quite good.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for the compliment, Justin. Our service team are dedicated folks and it gratifies us all to hear that that was noticed by you. Awesome to hear you enjoyed the whole experience. Please come back and see us!

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DE
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Vermilion for our anniversary dinner because of the great reviews we saw. It did not disappoint! The food was fresh and so well prepared. We love farm to table restaurants to we can experience local flavors. The fish and seafood was on point - the soft shell crab, the halibut and the scallops. And to top it off, the service was amazing. Everyone was so kind, knowledgeable and attentive - and they even gave us a free dessert and sparkling wine for our anniversary. We would recommend anyone looking for fresh farm to table in the Alexandria/DC area to try out Vermilion

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 8, 2019

Thanks for the great review and recommend, Drew! We appreciate you taking the time to put your thoughts here for us. We all love what we do so thanks for choosing us and on your anniversary! Come see us again soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was quite a hike from the riverfront, but I’ll say it was well worth the walk (even for my date in high heels). This is my first 5 star review, and let me tell you that means alot. Considering my previous roasts of what most would call good food, a five star rating is the pinnacle in my books. A quaint setting with properly lit upstairs dining area allowed for a comfortability and relaxed dining experience. So comforable, in fact, that I didn’t even notice the engagment that occured (professional photographer included).The menu was appropriately sized and organized for maximum approachability. The peach and stracciatella starter was incredible considering the initial worry that peaches and “fancy burratta” would not fare well with each other. The entrees were very solid and lacked any weakness to comment on. Food was impecable, service even more amazing. Our server was attentive without being awkward or overly enthusiastic, and charming to say the least. The little touches really made the experience top notch including the complimentary chocolate cake and dessert wine paring for my date’s birthday. And if that wasn’t enough, a hand written birthday card. If you are in Alexandria or even DC, go to this place. Its my only 5 star review and I have eaten at the best of the best across the world. Just make sure you leave room for the burnt honey ice cream.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

We are honored to garner your first 5-star rating. It truly means a lot. Please come by and see us soon.

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SS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal great service, especially impressed by the waiter and his recommendations for drinks and food items. It was our Anniversary, asked for a table by the front window, love to people watch and was placed where we requested.

TS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food. Definitely do the pairing option if you have time. We had a childcare emergency and needed to leave abruptly, but the staff was so accommodating and understanding. We will definitely be back...May have found our new favorite spot!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks for the high marks, TSA1! We're glad you enjoyed the pairings. Chef Tom and the beverage team work very hard to make the food and wine pairings perfect compliments to each other. It sounds like you enjoyed them so thanks a bunch for saying so!

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A
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vermillion is always pretty consistent. The service and food were fab. The food was not super hot (def not cold), but was just fine. The service was great and just a nice night. Noise level is high...but we know that going in...

I really like Vermillion and plan to continue going back!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks for coming back, Alexlocalgal! we love hearing you enjoyed the food and service so much. Thanks for the note about the noise level too. We will definitely see what we can do to monitor it on those busy nights. Appreciate it!

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DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Been to this restaurant many times. Food quality was fine - not fantastic compared to other times we have dined here.
We were celebrating my husbands birthday.
I ordered NY steak. Not the best but then it is not a steakhouse.
After dinner, we were offered dessert menus and we passed on the dessert. They gave my husband a "free" dessert anyway....when we got the bill they charged us for it.
May consider a different restaurant next celebration.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hey DC2Philly, Thank you for the review and useful comments. It sounds like the little things we missed on made for a less-than-great night for you. I am sorry for those errors and that they may have marred your husband's birthday a bit. We are taking it all to heart and will try grow from it as a team. Thank you for taking the time to write this.

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KL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good option!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks Ken!

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NC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was superb. Vermillion really does have the best food in Alexandria. Plus we had the special almond tart at the end and it was remarkable. Plus excellent service; we felt slightly rushed and they totally re-oriented the kitchen to bring dinner exactly when we were ready

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hi Nancy, Thank you for your visit. We appreciate you stopping by and to hear you enjoyed that Almond Tart. It is an absolute fan favorite. We're also glad to hear that we made the pace of things just right for you. It's our top goal to serve everyone just how they would like. See you soon, we hope!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous table on the window for 2- food was delicious - service very very good. Highly recommend!

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks so much! Wonderful to hear you liked everything. We appreciate your recommendation!

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C
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I strongly recommend Vermilion for a date night, special occasion, or out of town guests. Foodies, this place is for you. The very comfortable atmosphere and competent, unpretentious service made it a perfect dinner. We relied on our server for a few recommendations and they were all outstanding. We dined on a Sunday evening when the restaurant was nearly empty and the pacing was just right. Glad we came without our kids so we could take our time and be adventurous with food choices! We were pleasantly surprised with every course.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Hi Crackers, Thanks for coming and bringing the family this past Sunday. We really enjoy hearing you appreciated the food and service you received. Our service team strive be just what you described: unpretentious guides through one's visit to Vermilion. Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you back soon!

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TN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service! The food was great. There were several items I was apprehensive about because I was unfamiliar with them, but they were delicious. The wine and beer options were also wonderful and I particularly liked the option of building your own wine flight. The tasting menu option is wonderful as well and can be split with another person with the addition of a couple more a la carte items.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you so much for the awesome review! Sounds like you tried it all while you were here and we are happy the food, beer and wine hit the mark for you. Thanks for stopping by!

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NY
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Vermilion for the inventive, seasonal, unexpected flavors in everything they prepare. The wine list also offers several excellent options for discovering new and fun pairings. Only complaint is the occasional server working to pad the bill, and the very few sub $50 wine options.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thanks for you review and comments. We are so glad you enjoyed the food and wine. Thanks for your thoughts on the service and wine list. We take this all to heart and will share these thoughts with our team.

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EB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, from the starters to the desserts. Our server was very knowledgeable. I felt like I was at a three star Michelin restaurant!

KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff was fabulous! They were knowledgeable, attentive and very accommodating.
The food was delicious and happy hour prices were a bargain.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 27, 2019

Thanks for the shout out for our service team, Karen! They are a wonderful group who work hard to make a memorable time for our loved guests. We're glad you like our happy hour too. It's our way of saying thank you to our loyal locals and out-of-towners. See you back soon!

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WD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Chose to eat in the bar because it was quieter than the dining room. Service / Food / Cocktails were all awesome.

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, as usual.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

DM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

The soft shell crab is out of this world. The gnocchi was a little dense but delicious. The service was good but the temperature inside was very warm.

Vermilion - Alexandria
Responded on July 27, 2019

Hi, Dane. Thanks for the kind words about the soft shell crab and ricotta gnocchi. Chef Tom and the team do a great job on our pastas and they love local, seasonal treats like soft shells too. Check back to soon to see what's in season next. Also, sorry about the temperature when you were here last. Our poor AC had a tough time during the recent heat. After a bit of maintenance it's doing much better now. It should be a bit cooler next time you come in. See ya soon!

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